They picked a gorgeous place to settle, at the top of a river valley, the rich land providing all the essentials of life:
This symbolizes their pacifist beliefs and the reason they fled their homeland, not wanting to be conscripted into the army. Photo not allowed by Sparks -it was wood piled up in a triangle shape with rifle replicas leaned around it. They burned all their weapons so they would not have to fight.
An old barn:
Leo Tolstoy provided funds from the sale of his book to help fund the Doukhobors passage to Canada:
Then this happened because of their pacifist beliefs:
Demonstration of washing clothes the hard way:
Explaining the Dugout house:
They are still doing digs to find artifacts from it:
Another house which it would not let me load the outside picture of, was too dark inside to get a good photo:
People lining up to pull the plow, which is what the women had to do when their menfolk were away:
The granddaughter of the original settler Popoff, who is an archaeologist working to preserve the site:
Welcome to the house of worship:
The Three essentials: Bread Staff of life, Salt Essence of life and water Spirit of Life:
They had a Sunday school for the children:
They would never turn anyone away who needed help, they had guest rooms upstairs.
This is their philosophy summed up:
They had some artifacts on display:
The mosquitoes were crazy bad there and it was hard to stay in one spot. It was also very hot. It was interesting to note the hosts did not kill any mosquitoes but just flicked them off or waved at them! You would have thought they would have worn repellent or something.
They were dressed in traditional garb and roll playing important people of the day. The mystery they want solved was who murdered their leader Peter Veregin. He was killed in an explosion in a railway car -a bomb in a suitcase was left under his seat in 1924. They never did solve it and under suspicion was everyone from the Canadian government to the Russian government to his own brother. Ironic, that I had hiked the trail that used to be this Kettle Valley line only a week before!
I did my Zumba this morning -with an incredible high energy, sexy Mexican named Roberto -there wasn't one female in there that wasn't whooping it up :) Then another tough Boxercise session. I was happy all my parts held up. I am wearing support braces on both my left ankle and left fore arm and wrist as I am having some pain in them. But the exercising doesn't seem to make them any worse, so I will keep on pushing it and enjoying myself. Can't get enough working out, feels too good!
I hope everyone has a great Saturday evening!